The problem of love is universal. The classic humanist and essentialist definitions of love portray it as the symbol of human free will. For love, one can choose to do evil, or make the greatest of sacrifices. But is it really free will? How much control do we really have over our emotions? Do we really choose our love freely? Or is it possible that other factors such as culture, social values, the first love story we hear, mental condition, etc. have also significant effects on love?
The magical emotion called love has been the subject of lots of works. In this piece, I have printed an actual Persian talisman of love, and an illustration of people enchanted by the love talisman, surrounded by a poem called My Beloved which depicts the patriarchy of love.